For this Linkwood 1981, 12 yo malt that had been matured in traditional casks was transferred to sweet red wine casks for a further 14 years. Something of a departure for Diageo's Special Releases, releasing three malts from the same distillery in 50cl bottles.
Excellence is a 26 year old expression from Glenfiddich, aged exclusively in ex-bourbon casks sourced from the Kelvin Cooperage in Kentucky, which, like Glenfiddich, is independently owned by a Scottish family. Their first ongoing bourbon cask release, this is a fruit bomb of a whisky, with well-controlled spice from the long, American oak maturation.
An old 1976 vintage whisky from Glen Moray, aged for a full 26 years including a period of finishing in red wines barrels from the Vallée Du Rhone. Expect to find sweet fruity notes similar to that of a sherried whisky, but not as intensely so.
The Rare Malts are a now-discontinued series of cask-strength releases designed by Diageo to showcase some of the hidden treasures in their portfolio. This particular dram is all the more precious for having come from a distillery demolished in 1983.
A 1983 vintage Glenesk, which closed in 1985 and has since become a maltings. Distilled in November, this was bottled by the folks at Duncan Taylor in late 2009 after 26 years of maturation in a sherry cask. With only 328 bottles and an ABV of 56.4% it looks like this is only a bottling of part of the cask or the angels got more than their fair share.
A 1975 vintage whisky from North Port Brechin distillery. This whisky has been matured for 26 years and bottled by Signatory for their Silent Stills series. Having been bottled from a single cask and cask strength, this whisky is limited to just 211 bottles.
An old bottling of 1983 vintage Port Ellen from an unknown independent bottler. Distilled in February in the year the distillery closed for good, this was aged in cask 221 for 26 years before being bottled in November 2009.
A 1983 vintage Port Ellen from independent bottlers Silver Seal, bottled at 26 years of age in 2009. The distillery was sadly closed in 1983 and has gained a cult following since, with bottles being in high demand.